Gabisile was born in Umlazi in 1976 and worked at a construction site in Durban until she met Jan Jordan, a lecturer in fine arts at the Durban University of Technology. In 2002, she received a BTech in Fine Art from DUT where she was mentored by Jan Jordaan.
As a newly graduated printmaker, Gabi was invited to participate in an International Residential Fellowship at Caversham Press and was given the opportunity to work with three internationally acclaimed artists. Together they created a body of prints around the theme of Baggage for an exhibition. It was this experience, which she said changed her life and where she realized the significance and importance of art and how it could change a person’s life.
Gabi participated in a number of community educational projects and was particularly interested in the therapeutic effects of art making. Her work has been seen in several group and solo exhibitions, including the ‘Biennale – Jabulisa 2000’ at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, ‘Warm Wind from South Africa’ at the Durham Art Gallery, and the DLM Museum in England.
Gabisile was tragically killed in 2008, she is remembered as an inspirational artist, community catalyst and mentor.
Gabi was truely special woman who has left a lasting impression on all those who met her, no more so than those at The Caversham Press. Gabi and Sally had discussed working on images for fabrics shortly before her death, so we could not have produced a launch range without a "Gabi" design!